Oakley Road Dental Hygienist

A healthy mouth leads to a healthy life, after all we use our mouths constantly whilst talking, breathing and eating. And, with a proven link between good oral health and overall physical wellbeing, it is important that we give our teeth and gums the care and love they deserve. 

Meet our Hygienist - Michelle

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A vital member of the dental team in Southampton, our welcoming hygienist Michelle can show and advise you how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Following a thorough assessment of your oral hygiene, she will provide you with a complete healthcare plan. From scaling and polishing to the gentle removal of plaque tartar and stains; you are guaranteed to leave with a sparkling smile.

Michelle is the joint owner of Oakley Road Dental Practice having joined the practice in 1997, first as a dental nurse before qualifying in 2005 as a dental hygienist. Her empathetic nature and enthusiasm to educate on good oral care makes her popular with our patients.


Customer Reviews

"I have seen Michelle twice now and have got to say what an absolutely amazing hygienist she is. As someone who is a very nervous patient it is important for me to feel 'at ease' with the person I am letting near my teeth and Michelle immediately made me feel at ease with a perfect bedside manner, she's very down to earth and talks you through everything she is doing, she's very patient and takes her time to ensure she provides you with the very best care and attention. I highly recommend Michelle to anyone out there who is looking for an amazing hygienist, you won't want to book anywhere else after your first visit!"

"Having grown up with a fear of anything dental related, I must say I am super impressed with the lovely staff at Oakley Road Dental Practice. Their patience and caring nature put me at ease from the moment I stepped foot into their treatment room, not forgetting to mention the high standard of service I received from their Hygienist".

The Importance of a Healthy Mouth

It is often said that your mouth acts a window into your body’s health, able to show you signs of infection and potential disease. Poor diet and lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking not only cause issues for your teeth but are contributing factors to gum (periodontal) disease. In additional periodontal disease can be associated with mouth cancer, heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

Therefore, a good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the hygienist will not only prevent cavities by removing plaque, tartar and stains; but can help maintain your health from head to toe.

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Ways to Keep Our Mouths Healthy

It is often said that your mouth acts a window into your body’s health, able to show you signs of infection and potential disease. Poor diet and lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking not only cause issues for your teeth but are contributing factors to gum (periodontal) disease. In additional periodontal disease can be associated with mouth cancer, heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

Therefore, a good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the hygienist will not only prevent cavities by removing plaque, tartar and stains; but can help maintain your health from head to toe.

1. Brush your teeth regularly

It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a good fluoride toothpaste. Using either a manual or electric toothbrush, you should angle your brush at 45 degrees towards the gum line to ensure that you cover all areas. Brushing gently, so as not to damage the teeth enamel or erode the gum line, and by using short and circular motions.

2. Floss daily

Flossing or the use of interdental brushes in between teeth will help to remove food or bacteria that has built up throughout the day, preventing decay or gum inflammation. Making sure you use fresh floss each time, wrap it around your index fingers and gentle slide up-and-down between your teeth.

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3. Use Mouthwash

In addition to brushing and flossing, a good mouthwash can not only freshen your breath but prevent plaque buildup, remove loose particles and food and stop cavities from forming. And when using mouthwash, you will find that you benefit most from a quick rinse after lunch and before bed.

4. Don't forget your tongue

We clean our teeth but often forget about our tongues. Brushing your tongue will help to get rid of dead cells, bacteria and old food particles which, if left can lead to bad breath.

5. Change your diet and break bad habits

Smoking, sugary drinks and even biting our nails have an affect on our mouths, rotting and chipping our teeth and reducing the blood supply to our gums. A well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables will not only keep your mouth healthy but leave you feeling good too.

6. Visit a hygienist

Make sure you visit your hygienist regularly for a check-up. This will give them the opportunity to check for any health problems in addition to offering you advice on the best ways to look after your mouth.


Why Visit the Hygienist

Dental Hygienists are trained professionals who work alongside dentists to maintain your oral health. There to prevent the need for any dental treatment, they can educate and inform you on good oral hygiene and give you the confidence you need to learn to love your smile.

Even the best brusher and flosser may find that there are areas that they find difficult to reach. Hygienists are excellent at removing stains from your teeth and a simple scale and polish will not only brighten your smile but stop disease and tooth loss whilst maintaining healthy tissues in the mouth.

A hygienist is also able to assist you in learning a more efficient cleaning routine for at home. They will teach you how to use special tools and techniques such as flossing or using interdental brushes for a more thorough clean and can advise you on which toothbrush and paste you should be using. They can also provide dietary advice and support you in breaking bad habits - all of which will help to improve your general oral wellbeing.